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Reality Check: Can P3s Solve All of Our Infrastructure Issues?

The Trump Administration and the 115th Congress have put a much-needed spotlight on our nation’s aging infrastructure. In this discussion about infrastructure, much has been said about the private sector and how public-private partnerships (P3s) specifically are a solution to our infrastructure woes; but can P3s solve it all?

From federal to state and local infrastructure, how can P3s help? More importantly, what can the White House and Congress do to facilitate and encourage the use of P3s? Are there limits to P3s? How best can we use P3s?

Join NCPPP on Monday, May 15, 1:00 – 4:15 PM — during Infrastructure Week 2017 — for a renewed look at P3s role in fixing our infrastructure.

This event will bring together experts from Capitol Hill and the new administration to look at possible infrastructure plans and specifically, how P3s may play a part. In addition, we will look at what role P3s and private sector capital can play in fixing some of our crumbling infrastructure.

NCPPP also will discuss our recent paper, “Enabling Infrastructure Investment: Leveling the Playing Field for Federal Real Property,” developed in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute, on the use of P3s for federal real estate development and how P3s can help the federal government reform its real estate portfolio.

Reality Check will be held at The Forum @ Sidney Harman Hall, located at 610 F St, NW in Washington, D.C on Monday, May 15, 1:00 – 4:15 PM.


Current Confirmed Speakers

  • Norman Anderson, President & CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure
  • Ben Brubeck, Vice President, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Jacob Fischler, Transportation Policy Reporter, CQ Roll Call
  • Patrick Fuchs, Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Jill Jamieson, Managing Group Director, JLL
  • Marshall Macomber, President, Think P3
  • Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Sargent, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Dan Tangherlini, Former Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration



12:30 – 1:00 PM — Registration 
1:00 – 2:30 PM — What is the Role of P3s in the New Administration and Congress?

We have heard a lot about the new Administration’s focus on infrastructure and with plans for increased use of P3s in recent months, but what exactly does that mean? This session will look at several important issues:

  • What are the administration’s plans?
  • How do those plans match with the House of Representatives and the Senate?
  • Are these visions reconcilable?
  • How will P3s be incorporated into any legislation?
  • What are the chances of infrastructure legislation being enacted?
2:45 – 4:15 PM — What are the Obstacles to Widespread P3 Use?

P3s have been available for decades, so why are they not more widely used, especially within the federal government? If the private sector could offer guidance to the new administration, what would it be? This panel will examine some of the major obstacles to broader P3 use, including:

  • Working through congressional budget scoring
  • Differences between financing and funding
  • State legal constructs